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S. 643 (96th): Refugee Act of 1979


About the bill

Source: Wikipedia

The United States Refugee Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-212) is an amendment to the earlier Immigration and Nationality Act and the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, and was created to provide a permanent and systematic procedure for the admission to the United States of refugees of special humanitarian concern to the U.S., and to provide comprehensive and uniform provisions for the effective resettlement and absorption of those refugees who are admitted. The act was completed on March 3, 1980, was signed by President Jimmy Carter on March 17, 1980 and became effective on April 1, 1980. This was the first comprehensive amendment of U.S. general immigration laws designed to face up to the realities of modern refugee situations by stating a clear-cut national policy and providing a ...

Sponsor and status

Introduced
Mar 13, 1979
96th Congress (1979–1980)
Status

Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 17, 1980

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 17, 1980.

Law
Pub.L. 96-212
Sponsor

Edward “Ted” Kennedy

Senator for Massachusetts

Democrat

Text

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 1980

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History

Mar 13, 1979
 
Introduced

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Jul 23, 1979
 
Ordered Reported

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Sep 6, 1979
 
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

Dec 20, 1979
 
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

Mar 17, 1980
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Mar 17, 1980
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress.

S. 643 (96th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 643. This is the one from the 96th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 96th Congress, which met from Jan 15, 1979 to Dec 16, 1980. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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